Prof. Dr. Matthias Groß


Prof. Dr. Matthias Groß
Head of Department

Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology
Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

phone: ++49 - 341 - 235 1746
fax: ++49 - 341 - 235 45 1746
Prof. Matthias Groß

Full CV, including publications

Prof. Dr. Matthias Groß

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"Not Knowing as Luxury: Strategic Nonknowledge and the Demand for a 'Sportbrake'": Free eprints available at: Access

Recent Books (Selection):
Davidson, Debra J. & Matthias Gross, eds. (2018): Oxford Handbook of Energy and Society. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Info

Telesiene, Audrone & Matthias Gross. eds. (2017, paperback: 2018): Green European: Environmental Behaviour and Attitudes in Europe in a Historical and Cross-Cultural Comparative Perspective. London: Routledge. Info

Matthias Gross and Rüdiger Mautz (2014, paperback: 2015): Renewable Energies. London: Routledge (Key Ideas Series). Info. Persian Translation in 2018. 

Matthias Gross and Linsey McGoey, eds. (2015, paperback: 2018): Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies. London: Routledge. Info
Discussed in The New York Times Info, The Washington Post Info, The New Humanist Info as well as blogs and academic outlets such as Prometheus Info. Updated and revised version forthcoming in 2021.

Current Areas of Expertise & Research

  • Alternative Energy Systems
  • Social Theory and Analysis
  • Ignorance, Risk, and Knowledge
  • Real World Experiments
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Science, Technology, and Engineering
  • Happiness and Mobility
  • Chemicals in the Environment
  • Technology Development in the Context of Society

Curriculum Vitae

since 10/2013

Full Professor of Environmental Sociology at the University of Jena, joint appointment with Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. Head of UFZ's Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology.

04/2005 - 09/2013

Senior Researcher in the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology (granted tenure in 2009), since June 2008 deputy head of the department.

04 - 09/2012

Interim professor of Economic and Environmental Sociology at Martin Luther University of Halle

04/2002 - 03/2005

Co-Director of the "Real World Experiments Project," Institute for Science and Technology Studies, Bielefeld University

08 - 12/2003

Guest Researcher and Lecturer, Department of Sociology and the Environmental Studies Program, Loyola University Chicago, USA

04 - 07/2003

Guest Lecturer, Institute of Sociology, Technische Universität Karlsruhe, Germany

07/2001 - 03/2002

Post Doctoral Fellow (German Research Foundation, DFG), Institute for Science and Technology Studies, Bielefeld University

02 - 07/2000

DAAD Doctoral Fellow, Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

04/1999 - 06/2001

Doctoral Fellow in the German Research Foundation's (DFG) Graduate School "Genese, Strukturen und Folgen von Wissenschaft und Technik," Institute for Science and Technology Studies, Bielefeld University (fully funded doctoral fellowship)

01/1998 - 03/1999

Scientific Assistant at the Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University

05 - 07/1996

Work at the Center for Applied Social Analysis and Education (CASAE), Arcata, California, USA

04 - 09/1992

Volunteer work in environmental conservation and restoration projects, Involvement Volunteers Ass. Inc., Victoria, Australia

Curriculum Vitae: Education


Dr. rer. soc. (~ Ph.D.) Sociology, Bielefeld University


Diplom (~ M.A.), Sociology, Bielefeld University ("With Distinction")

08/1995 - 07/1996

Graduate Student. Department of Sociology, Humboldt State University, California, USA (with a fully funded fellowship)


Vordiplom (~ B.A.), Sociology major; psychology minor, Bielefeld University

08/1991 - 02/1992

University of Bonn, M.A. program in philosophy with minors in psychology and archaeology

Academic Services (Selection)

2014 - 2018

Elected Board Member of the Research Committee 23, Sociology of Science and Technology International Sociological Association (ISA)

2011 - 2019

Elected Chair, Environment & Society Research Network (RN12), Board member since 2009European Sociological Association (ESA)

2006 - 2018

Chair of the section "Environmental Sociology" in the German Sociological Association (DGS)

since 2005

Co-founder and Editor of the journal Nature + Culture

2002 - 2010

Treasurer and board member of the Research Committee on "Environment and Society" (RC 24) of the International Sociological Association (ISA)


Formation of a group for Junior Scholars in Environmental Sociology (Nachwuchsgruppe Umweltsoziologie) together with Harald Heinrichs